Ghassan Zaqtan Poems
- Wolves The birds' departure from his heart leaves the plains...
- Pillow Is there still time to tell her, Mother,
- Family Heirlooms The cart: still lurches on since ...
- A Picture Of The House At Beit... He has to return to shut ...
- The Sleeper's Song I ascend the seven levels Of sleep In ...
- The Absentee's Song By morning travelers knocked on her ...
- The One You Accidentally Found...
Ghassan Zaqtan (Arabic: غسان زقطان) is a Palestinian poet, author of ten collections of poetry. He is also a novelist, editor. He was born in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, and has lived in Jordan, Beirut, Damascus, and Tunis. His book “Like a Straw Bird it Follows me” translated by Fady Joudah was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize , 2013. He is nominated among the short-listed award winners of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2014 / University of Oklahoma, perceived as the American Nobel Prize. In recognition of his achievement and contribution to Arabic and Palestinian literature, Ghassan Zaqtan was awarded the National Medal of Honor by the Palestinian president in June 2013. ... more »
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The birds' departure from his heart
leaves the plains white
where the story is white
and sleep is white
and silence is the caller's icon.
A laugh of sand will sprout when the door is opened
from fear's angle, a hymn
for the grand winter, and the voices
of those who left long ago will jump like grasshoppers
when the door is opened.
Wait, wait a moment
for us to dry a moment
there's in our trace
a reckless lament
and a ceramic bird …
and watch for the necklaces on the ceiling
Why don't you turn the lights on
or be happy with sitting